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    Post: Toolchange block numbers in setup/tooling sheet

    Greetings!
    I want to write all of my toolchange block numbers to setup/tooling sheet in my post, but I dont know how to travel data(TC block numbers) back to the setup sheet code constructor.

    The setup/tooling sheet lists all of my tools in the sequence, but I want to reach later output data(TC block numbers) because in older cnc machines(slower machines) I using block search by block numbers. I dont want to search to eg. T15(string) in the cnc code, i want to search and jump to block numbers immediately. This is useful in cnc codes which has thousand of rows.

    Example:

    **SETUP SHEET**
    N20 (T1 D6 ENDMILL)
    N5614(T2 D8 BALL NOSE)
    N15489 (T3 D10 ENDMILL)
    **SEQUENCE**
    ...
    ...
    N20 T1 M6(D6 ENDMILL)
    ...
    ...
    ...
    N5614 T2 M6 (D8 BALL NOSE)
    ...
    ...
    N15489 T3 M6 (D10 ENDMILL)
    ...
    Tried with MASK but no success.

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    Re: Post: Toolchange block numbers in setup/tooling sheet

    you can set the generator to only use block numbers on toolchange lines...N1 =T1... N2=T2, if tools are sequential and non-repeating that may be the simplest fix for your quest

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    Hi timf!

    The machine is a five axis mill with millplus control. In this control blocks without block numbers not allowed, it generates error. The problem is: setup/tooling sheet code contructor is generated first in the code, but tc block numbers comes after, I tried with MASK (i think it allows two pass code generating), but can't figure it out how to properly use it. Something must to do with %SUBROUTINE but no idea how its logic works.

    Thanks for your reply.
    Last edited by ringixx; 07-11-2019 at 08:11 PM.

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